But selling drugs at 16 years old allowed the money to quickly replace the legitimate dreams.In 1984, Charles was a mid-level drug dealer controlling a handful of crack houses.
Upon returning to Oakland, he returned to the streets.
In the mid-80s, drug dealers were rampant, even more so than now.
He wasn’t helpful to the prosecution because he felt she had done so much for him and his family.
A secretary for the prosecution, on the day of his deposition, came to Charles’ hotel room and had sex with him.
After striking up a conversation, Charles convinced her to make the introduction to Griselda in prison.
Charles wrote Griselda a heartfelt letter, and although he didn’t expect a response from her, he got one.
Sitting comfortably in my living room, Charles shared the details of his life with such openness and candor that it was refreshing.
As a woman who has dated incarcerated men, and as a woman with some small degree of power who has helped men build their companies and empires only to have them move on afterwards, my first question was a bit personal—“did you love her?
They wrote back and forth for a year, and Charles went to see her in person (1992).
When she came out to visitation, she was dressed to the hilt in a bright red suit with red pumps, while every other inmate was dressed in khaki.
Charles went from making ,000 to millions of dollars in 4 to 6 weeks. He spread throughout the Bay Area and northern California and became the distributor for his friends and friends of friends.